CORRECTIONVILLE - For the past several weeks, a convocation of young orators, thespians and assorted speechmakers have been competing in the Iowa High School State Speech Association (IHSSA) Individual Events Speech Contest.
This competition has already taken place on two levels - District, which took place at Woodbury Central, and the State tier, which occurred in Manson.
On March 31, the final level of the contest will be reached as the speech makers judged outstanding in the State competition make the journey to the University of Northern Iowa to take part in the IHSSA All-State Speech Festival.
Among the gifted orators performing in this year's Speech Festival are three talented members of the River Valley Speech Program: Emily Todd, Katie Carnes and Chance Cullen.
Talented speaker RV junior Emily Todd will be attending the All-State Speech Festival to perform in the Literary Program category.
Her presentation will be "In the Name of Freedom."
Although this is Emily's first trip to the All-State level, I'm sure it won't be the last.
RV Senior Katie Carnes will be a double-barreled performer at this year's IHSSA Speech Festival as she takes center stage in two categories...Story Telling as well as After Dinner Speaking.
Her Story Telling presentation will be "The Princess and the Pea" and her After Dinner offering will be "Stressed Out Seniors."
Katie is an old hand at the IHSSA game. She has made the trip to the All-State IHSSA Speech Festival three times in the past four years, appearing in both Large Group and Individual events competitions.
It will come as no surprise to those who follow the RV Speech program that senior Chance Cullen will be making the journey to UNI to present his offering in the Acting category, namely "The Pit and the Pendulum."
Chance, another experienced member of the RV Speech and Drama Club, is a savvy thespian who excels on the stage.
He's also another IHSSA veteran who will be making his second trip to the All-State level of the IHSSA competition.
As a side note of interest, Chance and Katie teamed their talents in the Acting category during the recent IHSSA Large Group Speech events.
Their presentation, "Open to Interpretation" blew away the competition and earned them an invitation to perform at the All-State Large Group Speech Festival.
Individual events speech coach Jane Lenz has once again led her RV team to another winning season.
This year, 12 RV students competed in the IHSSA Individual Speech Contest with all 12 winning I ratings on both the District and State levels of the contest.
Add to this the fact that three RV competitors received the nod to perform in four events at the All-State Festival, you end up with the grand total of a stellar speech year.
An invitation to appear at the IHSSA All-State Individual Events Speech Festival is quite an honor.
Of the 1000 young orators awarded Outstanding honors, only 100 are selected to perform at the Speech Festival.